Tuesday, 21. September 2010

The surge in defense spending

Independent Institute
by Winslow T. Wheeler

09/18/10

According to the analysis of the Project on Defense Alternatives, between 1998 and 2010 Congress appropriated to the Pentagon $2.144 Trillion (with a ‘T’) more than was anticipated by the 1999 ‘baseline.’ Of that amount, $1.113 Trillion was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and $1.031 Trillion was added to ‘base’ (non-war) Pentagon spending. … What did you get for that extra $1 Trillion? Basically, you got a smaller Navy and Air Force and a tiny increase in the size of the Army. As an extra bonus, the hardware those forces use are now older than they were in the Clinton administration in 1998...

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=2870


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Did Tony Blair Endorse Preventive War on Iran?

By Stephen M. Walt

Blair's tacit support for military force in this case is without foundation.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26405.htm



Obama claims military action is an option

U.S. President claims military action is an option but army commanders warn of region destabilization.

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Did U.S. Soldiers Create Afghan Killing Club?

Video Report

U.S. soldiers charged with targeting Afghan civilians; Army ignored pleas by soldier's father.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26402.htm



Members of Stryker Combat Brigade in Afghanistan accused of killing civilians for sport

The U.S. soldiers hatched a plan as simple as it was savage: to randomly target and kill an Afghan civilian, and to get away with it.

http://bit.ly/cuqcX9


From Information Clearing House



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CNN Censored Footage of Iraq 'War Crime'

By Daniel Tencer

A former CNN Iraq correspondent suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder says his employers wouldn't run footage he filmed of what he describes as a war crime by US troops.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26400.htm



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Die Unglücks-Quelle im Golf von Mexiko ist geschlossen, jetzt kommt das lange Nachspiel

http://www.heise.de/tp/blogs/2/148410



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Für die Isaf-Staaten wird es immer schwieriger, ihren baldigen Abzug als Erfolg verkaufen zu können, was für die USA auch im Irak der Fall ist

http://www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/33/33338/1.html



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War Is Murder

http://www.lewrockwell.com/kwiatkowski/kwiatkowski256.html

The New Soviet Union Is America
http://www.lewrockwell.com/wenzel/wenzel27.1.html

The Politics of Resentment
http://www.lewrockwell.com/sowell/sowell21.1.html

Is the US Stimulating Nuclear War?
http://www.lewrockwell.com/margolis/margolis206.html

Support Your Local Army of Occupation
http://www.lewrockwell.com/grigg/grigg-w170.html

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Imperialism and Imperial Barbarism

By James Petras

The overall picture is grim for the future of militarist imperialism. In Latin America, Africa and especially Asia, China has displaced the US as the principal trading partner in Brazil, South Africa and Southeast Asia. In contrast the US wallows in unwinable ideological wars in marginal countries like Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26403.htm

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“War is hell”

The Libertarian Enterprise
by AX Perez

09/19/10

Originally said by William T. Sherman, it echoes Robert E. Lee’s ‘It is good that war is so terrible lest we grow too fond of it.’ Both men made it clear war is terrible and something to be avoided, a point too many political leaders and persons seeking office seem to miss...

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2010/tle588-20100919-05.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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The Petraeus Bait And Switch Maneuver

Gareth Porter, Truthout: "In interviews in recent weeks, General David Petraeus has been taking a line on what will happen in mid-2011 that challenges President Barack Obama's intention to begin a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by that date. This new Petraeus line is the culmination of a brazen bait-and-switch maneuver on the war by the most powerful military commander in modern US history. It represents a new stage in the process by which Petraeus, abetted by his allies in the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen, has appropriated much of the power over decisions on war policy that rightly belongs to the commander-in-chief."

http://www.truth-out.org/the-petraeus-bait-and-switch-maneuver63396



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Interview With Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Maya Schenwar, Truthout: "Almost nine years into the longest war in US history, at a time when the US spends more on its military budget than the rest of the world combined and endless war seems a frighteningly realistic possibility, I spoke with Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), a long-time advocate for peace. Kucinich reminds us that there is another way: that through unity, persistence and a deeply necessary change in mindset, we can move toward a world in which mutual respect and global connections shape foreign policy, and the self-fulfilling prophecy of war loses its tragic momentum. He challenges us to imagine a world in which 'peace is inevitable.'"

http://www.truth-out.org/exclusive-interview-with-rep-dennis-kucinich63376



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ACLU in Court in Challenge to Secrecy Provisions of Contractor Fraud Law

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/09/20-8



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Halt Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon

Food & Water Watch: National Consumer Organization: Halt Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon Until FDA Conducts Tests on Long-Term Health Effects of Consuming Genetically Engineered (GE) Meat.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/09/20-6



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Bradley Manning: An American Hero

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/09/20-1



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